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Chunlei Fan, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Biology

Office: Jenkins BSSC 323
Phone: (443) 885 4468


Ph.D. Environmental Science, University of Maryland College Park, 2002
M.S. Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences Oceanography, 1994
M.S. Computer Science, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2001
B.S. Environmental Science, Shandong University, 1991

Research Interests:

Biological oceanography; Coastal ecosystem processes and dynamics; Eutrophication and harmful algae blooms. Dr. Chunlei fan's research interests focus on the quantitative study of coastal ecological processes and dynamics. By using the integrated, multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Fan's research explores some key questions in the coastal ecosystem, such as: identify and quantify the linkages among climatic, hydrological and ecological components in the coastal ecosystems by using modeling approaches, and monitor and determine the ecosystem responses to the changing climate at different spatial and temporal scales. Specific research topics/projects:

  1. Impacts of nutrients Inputs and climate changes on plankton population dynamics in coastal waters
  2. Characterization of and water quality and eutrophication processes using hyperspectral remote sensing and GIS
  3. Characterization of the spatial and temporal distribution of jelly fish in the Chesapeake Bay by using acoustic technology
  4. Bio-remediation of highly eutrophic waters in coastal bays

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 205, Ecology and Adaptation
  • BIOL 603, Aquatic and Marine Biology


  • Gulnihal Ozbay, C. Fan and Zhiming Yang (2017). Relationship between Land Use and Water Quality and its Assessment Using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing in Mid- Atlantic Estuaries, Water Quality, Prof. Hlanganani Tutu (Ed.), InTech, DOI: 10.5772/66620.
  • Najat Ziyadi, Kelton Clark, C. Fan and Asamoah Nkwanta (2016). Local and Global Sensitivity Analysis of a Nutrients-Phytoplankton-Oysters Mathematical Model of a Bay Ecosystem. International Journal of Biomathematics and Systems Biology. 2(2).
  • Hongsheng Bi, Z. Guo, M. Benfield, C. Fan, M. Ford, S. Shahrestani, J. Sieracki (2015). A semiautomated image analysis procedure for in situ plankton imaging systems. PLOS one, 10(5).
  • Fan, C., and R. Warner (2014). Characterization of Water Reflectance Spectra Variability: Implications for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing in Estuarine Waters. Marine Science (4)1, pp 1-9.
  • Fan, C., and R. Warner (2013). Multi-variants analysis of water reflectance spectra: implications on water quality monitoring by hyperspectral remote sensing. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp 94-98.
  • Davenport E., C. Fan, J. Anderson, and J.J. Jovoni (2012). Description and Application of a NPZD Model to Forecast Hurricane Impacts to Secondary Production in Coastal Ecosystems. Procedia Environmental Sciences 13 1569 - 1584.